Veteran corporate tax lawyer Kevin Zimka has joined Cozen O’Connor’s Vancouver office as a shareholder, making him the 15th lawyer to join Cozen O’Connor’s growing Canadian practice since June 2021.
Zimka, who has advised on a number of Canadian M&A and mining transactions worth a total of more than C$13 billion, is jumping from Global 200 firm Blake Cassels & Graydon, where he was a partner for more than 22 years, Cozen said in announcing the hire.
The firm said bringing Zimka on enhances its ability to provide a “one-stop-shop” experience for clients in matters involving venture capital, cross-border public listings, tax, corporate debt and equity financing, regulatory compliance, and M&A work. The firm said it continues to expand its securities and capital markets practices and has been handling an increased number of cross-border M&A transactions.
Corporate M&A across industries continues to be very active with tax issues a critical part of any deal, said Rory Godinho, chair of the firm’s Canadian capital markets and securities practice.
“Adding an experienced tax practitioner like Kevin, who can provide tax guidance from a deal’s inception through its entire lifecycle, clearly benefits our Canadian and American clients,” he said.
Zimka said he’s worked on some of Canada’s largest M&A deals and he’s happy to “join an organization growing both its footprint and its service offerings here in Canada.”
As part of his M&A work, Zimka regularly counsels clients on corporate tax issues related to the use of exchangeable shares and the distribution of assets to shareholders. He also brings substantial experience providing guidance on flow-through limited partnership offerings, according to the firm.
“Canada’s mining industry is one of the largest in the world, and roughly 75 percent of the world’s mining companies are headquartered here,” said Brigeeta Richdale, managing counsel of Cozen O’Connor’s Vancouver office. Having an experienced tax counsel like Zimka on board is “essential” to the client services they provide, she said.
Cozen O’Connor has been boldly building up its Canadian presence over the past 18 months with multiple hires in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It has 800 lawyers in 32 locations, including 26 in three Canadian offices.